In celebration with the World Water Day on March 22, 2019, R2R team participated the region-wide Linis Ilog Activity of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – XII conducted by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – Buayan headed by Ms. Ma. Elvira Lumayag. The activity was in partnership with the LGU Polomolok headed by Hon. Mayor Honey Lumayag-Matti, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) – Polomolok Engr. Agustin P. Valencia, Jr., BLGU Landan Hon. Rebecca J. Diale, Dolefil, and Mahintana Foundation, Inc. at Sugok and Klinan Rivers, Brgy. Landan, Polomolok.
A total of 289 participants coming
from both government and private sectors as well as community members joined
the activity and planted 500 bamboo hills along Sugok and Klinan Rivers. A
total of 358 Kgs of residual wastes were collected after the activity. 10
selected community members from Prk. 1, Brgy. Landan received 10 ceramic toilet
bowls during the ceremonial distribution of the said materials which was
donated by Mahintana and the Municipal Health Office (MHO) – Polomolok for the sanitation and Information, Education and
Communication Campaign on health.
Open Government Partnership (OGP) Partnerships & Events Consultant for Asia Pacific Ms. Ivy Ong facilitated the meeting of its OGP Partners, the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Democracy Education Center (DEMO), for a peer learning experience regarding their OGP commitments. The two parties agreed to communicate through teleconference call on March 18, 2019, 8:00 AM. Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker attended the teleconference call with DEMO Director Ms. Undral Gombodorj.
DEMO is a Mongolian NGO that
launched the mobile app community-based monitoring tool called Check
My Service. This initiative was selected by the OGP as one of the best Asia
Pacific regional innovations in 2014 and 2016, and received an OGP Global Award
in 2016. To date, Check My Services app has already monitored 101 government
services of Mongolia. Mahintana, on the other hand, introduced the OGP
Commitments such as Open Monitoring using the ODK and Open Legislation using
the Legislative Information Tracking System (LITS). As to date, the ODK-based
project monitoring forms has already finished its dry run stage. Provincial Project
Monitoring Committee (PPMC) has deemed the ODK system easy-to-use and
time-saving in data collection and consolidation. The next step is for the
ODK-result map to be linked to the provincial government’s website for public
to access and provide feedbacks. For the LITS, the 1st phase, which
is archiving of the legislative documents of the province, is already done. The
2nd phase is to make the LITS accessible online, and the 3rd
phase is to provide a comment section where the citizens can leave their
comments and suggestions.
RESOURCEGov 2 Team conducted a series of activities in
Davao City on March 11-13, 2019 namely: 4th PIT Meeting (for Regions
11&13), Financial Workshop, and Financial Monitoring. These activities were
conducted to ensure the proper implementation of the project in the remaining
years according to the financial policies of EU.
For the 4th PIT Meeting for Regions 11
& 13, RESOURCEGov Team from 25 participants (Male 9, Female 16) Mahintana,
MINCODE and member networks met for updating. Consolidated accomplishment and
accomplishment per member network were presented, as well as the consolidated
budget performance, budget performance per implementation, counterpart
complied, and spending plan. A small working group for visibility action was
formed to ensure the faster implementation of visibility and communication plan
including posters and press releases. During the Financial Workshop, the
Financial Manual draft was presented and discussed per section. Inputs from
team were considered and noted that do not come in conflict with EU financial
policies were considered and noted. Lastly, the Financial Monitoring was attended
by 7 participants (Male 1, Female 6) of the finance team of Mahintana. Financial
monitoring is an internal monitoring & evaluation regularly conducted by
Mahintana to MINCODE to ensure the proper documentation of financial records
and necessary attachments.
Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot was invited by the DILG Central Office to attend the Round Table Discussion: Pushing the Envelope from Nominal to Transformative Citizen Participation on March 12, 2019 at the Luxent Hotel, Timog, Quezon City. The roundtable discussion aims to look into local and global experiences through a peer learning exchange of views in the area of promoting participatory governance. DILG invited 18 resource persons from the different sectors – national government, business, academe, international and national donors and NGOs. Mahintana was the only identified local NGO from Mindanao.
DILG was tasked to absorb the functions of the Office of Participatory Governance (OPG), that is, “to promote and ensure the direct participation of various stakeholders in the crafting and formulation of policies and programs to address concerns at the grassroots level and to initiate programs and projects that will facilitate citizen empowerment and participation in governance at the national, regional, and local levels.”
Mahintana facilitated an organizational
meeting for Task Force Polomolok Kalikasan at Kaligtasan (TFP2K) on March 4,
2019 at MFI Conference Room, Brgy. Cannery, Polomolok. It aimed to orient the
invited members of the task force spearheaded by Local Government Unit of
Polomolok through the MENRO together with the Non-Government Organizations,
Civil Society Groups, private sectors, groups’ offices and entities about the
The task force is a voluntary group
that shall serve as the partner of the Local Government of Polomolok in
environmental protection and conservation and DRR-CCA. It shall also serve as
the consultative and advisory body to the LGU through the MENRO. Agreed during
the meeting is to draft an Executive Order as legal basis of the task force to
be submitted to MENRO and to the Sangguniang Bayan. Finalized EO, Signing and
Induction, as well as, Launching of Task Force is proposed to be conducted during
the celebration of “Amyak Maleh” and
World Forest Day.
Open Government Partnership (OGP)
Partnerships & Events Consultant for Asia Pacific Ms. Ivy Ong facilitated
the meeting of its OGP Partners, the Mahintana Foundation, Inc. and Affiliated
Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP),
for a peer learning experience regarding their OGP commitments. The two parties
agreed to communicate through teleconference call on February 18, 2019,
Mahintana Operations Manager Mr. Jobe
C. Tubigon, RESOURCEGov Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and Project
Documenter Ms. Lorielyn P. Patoc attended the teleconference call with ANSA-EAP
Executive Director Mr. Redempto “Don” Parafina. Each party introduced their
respective organizations and the programs and projects implemented by their
organizations. ANSA-EAP, according to Mr. Don, works with projects about the
governance particularly in citizen’s participation through technology. Mr.
Blanker shared the programs of Mahintana focusing on the RESOURCEGov Project
under the Institution-building & Governance Program. He said that Mahintana
supports the OGP South Cotabato in Open Monitoring and Open Legislation using
the Open Data Kit (ODK) and Legislative Information Tracking System
(LITS). On the other hand, Mr. Parafina
shared the CheckMySchool app, an issue-based app that can be used as a
reporting tool regarding issues and concerns of schools in the Philippines.
Issues such as deficiencies in schools/classrooms to be fixed, frequent
absences of teachers, etc. can be reported through the app. After the
discussion, the parties agreed to coordinate for the updates in the OGP
commitments to be met by each organization.
As private sector representative
of the Regional Development Council XII and active CSO partner of MinDA in
Mindanao, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., participated in the Consultative Workshop
on Mindanao Social Development Program Strategy and Poverty Reduction on
February 11-12, 2019 at The Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City. Mr. Jobe C. Tubigon, Program Manager,
represented Mahintana during the 2-day activity. The activity was aimed at enhancing
the draft concept and ensuring a more inclusive and responsive intervention for
the crafting of a Program Strategy on Mindanao Social Development and Poverty
Reduction anchored on the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and the
Mindanao 2030. At least 50 key representatives from the donor agencies (i.e.
World Bank), national government agencies, local government units, academe,
civil society organizations and business/private sector participated in the
During panel presentation on Education, Training, and Employment Policies, Programs and Priorities in Mindanao, Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay of DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment shared the JobsFit 2022 Labor Market Information Report enumerating the industries that will create jobs in and skills need for the future. OIC Deputy Director General Gaspar S. Gayona of TESDA shared TESDA’s directions and responses on skills development. He emphasized the importance of “AGILITY” for TVET for Global Competitiveness, “SCALABILITY” for TVET for Job-Readiness, and “FLEXIBILITY and SUSTAINABILITY” for TVET for Social Equity. On Education Policies for Mindanao, Ms. Takiko Igarashi, Education Specialist, World Bank Manila, shared the opportunities for Mindanao’s education. She said that education has great promise, but too often it does not deliver. Mr. Pablo Acosta, Senior Economist, World Bank Manila, shared World Bank’s policy priorities for employment programs. Dr. Nilo B. Oponda, Ph.D. UP Mindanao, shared UP’s views on how to strengthen Industry-Academe Partnership on Workforce Development. He stressed that job-skill mismatch is one of the top 3 concerns of employers. He cited the reasons and solutions to the said problem. Executive Director Rolando Torres, Mindanao Business Council, shared some recommendations for the Industry – Academe Areas for Possible Intensified Cooperation. One of which is the Local Entrepreneurship in Curriculum – upscaling of entrepreneurial know-how, cross-skilling thru trainings and short courses on other trades, developing Enterprising Professionals, and development coping mechanisms to sustain businesses.
After the panel presentation, Mr. Tubigon participated in the workshop on Workforce Protection and Welfare (Social Protection). He suggested to MinDA and the concerned line agencies such as SEC, NBI, and DOLE to look into the emerging investment schemes in the Region that offered quick returns but have compromised/affected the skill labor requirements of agro-industrial industries and service sector
The RESOURCEGov 2 Project thru its Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker and MINCODE Project Officer Ms. Myra Gazo, met with KAPWA Foundation on February 9, 2019 in their office at Davao City to share about the ODK initiatives of the project, collaborate in popularizing ODK in the region, and assist the latter with ODK problems they have encountered. Represented by Ms. Alma de La Paz, KAPWA Foundation Executive Director, the KAPWA officers shared their utilization of ODK in profiling their farmer beneficiaries. However, KAPWA uses the first and original version of ODK wherein they ran into problems in uploading the gathered data. Worried about losing around 500 survey profiles, and with the hope of resolving their ODK uploading issues, KAPWA then coordinated with MINCODE and Mahintana upon knowing that the said CSOs were rolling-out ODK in Regions 11, 12 and 13. The RESOURCEGov Team conducted the troubleshooting and found out that the uploading issue is an internal server problem which cannot be resolved given the server’s storage limit and lack of server-side technical support. The issue was addressed by allowing KAPWA to create an account with Kobotoolbox.org, the ODK version which Mahintana uses. The RESOURCEGov team also helped them how to technically format their collected ODK data to make it Kobotoolbox-compatible, and migrate the data to their Kobotoolbox account. KAPWA successfully migrated all their collected farmers profile and was able to generate the summary report of their profiling activities. Their profiling team appreciated the user-friendliness of Kobotoolbox over the original ODK version which compelled them to use Kobotoolbox version in the continuation of their profiling activities. The KAPWA foundation has expressed their gratitude to the RESOURCEGov 2 Project and is looking forward for more collaboration with the project group in advocating the use of ODK for transparent, accountable, and participative local governance.
RESOURCEGov conducted its 5th PIT-PMT Meeting on February 7, 2019 at LGU Tagbina Seminar Hall, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur. On the same day, the Unveiling of the RESOURCEGov Billboards in LGU Tagbina and LGU Barobo was conducted. The activities were attended by 61 participants (Male 35, Female 26) from the RESOURCEGov Team, the DILG 11, 12 & 13, LGU partners of Regions 11 and 13.
The Unveiling of RESOUREGov Billboard Ceremony in LGU Tagbina was attended by Mun. Mayor Hon. Generoso Naraiso and his staff. Messages were given by Mahintana Pres. & CEO Mr. Martiniano L. Magdolot, Kasilak Executive Director Mr. Joemil Montebon, MINCODE Executive Director Ms. Raizsa Anayatin, and was responded by the municipal mayor after the unveiling of the billboard. The 5th PIT-PMT Meeting was then held in LGU Tagbina Seminar Hall followed by fellowship lunch sponsored by the host LGU. In the afternoon, the different offices who utilised the ODK, Qlik and LITS Systems presented the advantages and recommendations in using the systems. After the short presentation, the participants visited the department offices of LGU Tagbina particularly the SB Office, the MPDO, the Assessor’s and Treasurer’s Offices. The participants traveled to LGU Barobo for the unveiling of RESOURCEGov Billboard in the said municipality. A short program prior to the activity was held where the Mun. Mayor Hon. Joey S. Pama and Hon. Vice-Mayor Allan Bernal expressed their gratitude and support to the project implementation in Barobo. DILG Provincial Director for Surigao del Sur Mr. Pedrito Alacaba shared that the systems rolled-out by the project are helpful to the municipalities. The billboard was then unveiled.
The RESOURCEGov Billboard is one of the visibility actions of the project. For the Phase 2, the 6 LGU partners in Regions 11 & 13 are set to unveil the billboards this year.
Project Manager Mr. Roel Ian P. Blanker conducted a series of monitoring of the use of the ODK and LITS in the South Cotabato Provincial Government with PPDO’s OGP Program Assistant Ms. Doreen Vallar in January 2019. Mahintana’s commitment includes the utilization of the LITS in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the ODK in the project monitoring activities of the PPMC (Provincial Planning and Monitoring Committee).
As to date, the ODK-based project monitoring forms were already finalized by the PPDO-REM (Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring) Office and ready for use on the data gathering on March 2019. LITS was already installed in the SP Office in January 2019. An orientation is scheduled in February 2019 for the SP members and staff. Moreover, with the help of Mr. Blanker, the PIO Office in-charge of the South Cotabato website, has successfully drafted a web page integrating the charts/maps of the project monitoring results in ODK. South Cotabato Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Ms. Jennifer Bretaña expressed her joy of the fast progress during the updating meeting.
The LITS and ODK are part of the OGP commitments for Open Legislation and Open Monitoring criteria which is rolled out by the RESOURCEGov Project.